It can be nerve-wracking learning to take care of a helpless infant. But, don’t worry they don’t break that easy. If they did, humanity wouldn’t have made it this far. But, there are some tips that can make those first weeks and months a lot easier and less dangerous.
* Learn Swaddling & Shushing Techniques — The very best way to keep your baby calm is through secure swaddling. There are videos on. You want it to be snug, but not so tight that it cuts off the baby’s blood supply. Outside of feeding, swaddling is the very best way to keep a baby happy.
* Wear Your Baby – There are some you can buy to help you wear your baby while making them feel swaddled, snug and safe while you have free arms to do other things. Studies demonstrate that wearing your infant removes on fastidiousness and regardless of some regular myths you can’t ruin your child by holding him.
* Give Breastfeeding More than a Passing Thought – The facts are in and is the best way to care for and feed your child. Despite myths to the contrary breastfeeding is not harder than bottle feeding. It can be more challenging if you have to go back to work, but if you can at least do it the first six weeks while you’re on maternity leave it can still offer many advantages to your baby and you.
* Heat Bottles in Warm Water Not the Microwave – If you choose to bottle feed either formula or breast milk; do not heat the bottle up in the microwave or in boiling water. Instead, use an or warm tap water then submerge the bottle for a few minutes until the contents have the chill off. If you use frozen breast milk you may need to replace the water again, but never use the stove or the microwave. Before feeding your baby test on your arm, the goal is to take the chill off and warm the milk a little bit not to heat it.
* Let Other People Help – It can be really difficult to let go and let someone else, be it your spouse, an older child or a mother-in-law help you with the baby but you need to allow them to. This is most especially important with the other parent. They also need bonding time with your child. Everyone else can do some dishes, fold laundry, or help in other ways but be sure to give other people time to the baby too.
* Keep away from Medications Including “baby” Formulas – Unless recommended by a specialist don’t give your youngster kids’ drugs regardless of the possibility that they are figured for babies. No studies have ever been done on any medication for infants and in most cases, they do not need them. Babies run higher fevers than adults, and a fever can actually be a good sign that your child is fighting off infection. Always check with your doctor. Remember also that infant formulas are actually concentrated rather than weaker so it’s imperative to stick to the right dosage as directed.
* Get the Pillows out of Your Child’s Crib – Nothing should be in your baby’s crib including loose blankets, pillows, toys and other things. If it’s chilly, put your child in a, or put in on the baby, or swaddle the baby so the blankets aren’t loose if the baby is under three months.
* Get Professional Help – If you can afford it, get some professional help such as, or a, or other help that can make these days easier. There is no harm in doing so and it’s preferable to try to do everything yourself if you don’t have to. Your number one priority right now is your baby.
Take as much time as necessary, take a shot at holding your infant, and let most everything else go for at any rate those initial couple of weeks and months. Dust bunnies aren’t going to endanger the baby and leaving a dish here and there won’t be the end of the world. Focus on your baby and if you’re not sure about something to ask your pediatrician who is your best source of current information.